Henry and Carol’s New Car – 2/3/2018

After a few months without a car, I took Henry and Carol to the dealership to get a new car. If you forgot, their car was totaled at an intersection when coming to feed our cats. They learned about several valuable services like grocery delivery while they went without a car.

Its an interesting position to be in helping somebody else buy a car. I didn’t want to step in too often and be annoying, but I wanted to help them get what they wanted from the dealer. It seems to have all worked out quite well!

Hogan Haake

Texas Water Safari – 6/9/2018

Its that time of year again where I go out and do something extra crazy. This year, I’m participating in the 2018 Texas Water Safari. Its a 261 mile canoe race.

I’m paddling in the Novice division with Terica.

Terica and I working on the spray skirt.

If you’re bored or curious, you can follow our progress live from 2 places.

1. Spot TrackerĀ where you can track just our boat.
2. Once the race starts. Texas Water Safari site will have live tracking of all competitors. We’re boat 6006

Update 6/6/2018 12:15 PM

Note, things just got real. Thanks to the Internet, I have the 2018 Log Jam map. Looks like the race might be a bit longer. And I thought we would be done with portages by this point!

Hogan Haake

2 Cellos – 1/29/2018

For Christmas, we got family tickets to see 2 Cellos. With both of the kids in orchestra, we though this would be a nice treat. The concert was at the Fox theater, which is also cool.

Here is a short video near the end of the concert.

I left the concert with mixed feelings. I was hoping for more of an orchestra approach. The concert started with an orchestra and quickly transitioned to the video above with the 2 dudes and a drummer. I’m glad to say I went, but don’t plan to attend any more of their concerts. They did play a minor version of Thunderstruck (the video that made them famous).

Hogan Haake

New Bathroom Light – 1/27/2018

One of the lights in the kids bathroom went out. So I made a trip to Lowe’s to get a replacement bulb. Once I installed the bulb, it didn’t work. I was only halfway surprised as the box didn’t look in great shape. So I returned it and bought two new bulbs, as another would eventually go out and I wanted to have one on hand.

When I put the new bulb in, there was still no light. So I replaced the working light into the broken side and it still didn’t work. I realized at this point that the ballast went out. It was time to get a new light. I had to work fast as my parents were coming in town later that day and I wanted a working light in the bathroom.

Danelle and I picked out a nice fixture that would support standard bulbs to save money. We could then put in LED bulbs and be good for a very long time. We decided to treat the kids and get them a Bluetooth bulb for listening to music.

When we got home, I promptly went to work taking the old fixture down. I figured this would be a 45 minute job to replace the lights. Unfortunately for me, the builder didn’t put a box behind the light, so there was nothing to attach the new light to. Additionally, we didn’t paint behind the light… So off I went to Ace Hardware to get an “Old Box” to install so we would have something to attach the new light to.

One of the fun things of working in a room with no windows or lights is trying to see anything. We deployed two different flashlights to see what was going on.

The project was finally finished and we had a new light installed. Now all we need to do is re-paint the whole bathroom as we don’t have any more of the paint!

On the bright side, when we showed Sonora the new fixture, Danelle was already streaming music from the Bluetooth light bulb. Danelle turned the music up and down on her phone and Sonora could not figure out where it was coming from. The kids were delighted with the upgrade and you can see much better in the bathroom.

Ohh, and per request, the finished product.

Note the light on the right looks different, because its the Bluetooth speaker light.

Hogan Haake